By: HeJoo Yu, Licensed Acupuncturist, Arlington Heights
Supporting egg health is important for every woman who is preparing for conception, naturally or with ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). There are many things you can do to help support and protect your egg health, but not many people know Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs may help. One of the most common issues for infertility is poor Egg Quality. In this case, other signs can be present such as poor circulation, cold hands and feet, low energy, and feeling cold. In Oriental medicine, this can be due to the Kidney energy deficiency. The Kidney is the root for the reproductive system, and works with the heart to produce ovulation and menstruation. It is the same concept like Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis to regulate the body's natural hormonal production.
Women are born with a set number of follicles which contain immature eggs. We call "Kidney essence" the material basis for the formation of life. Women's eggs do not have an "expiration date." They respond to their surroundings just as the rest of our body system. However, they are less responsive with a hormonal fluctuation, not age. If you can create a better condition, like enough nutrients and blood flow to your reproductive system, the quality of the egg can change. The cycle of the egg’s journey toward ovulation is around 90 days, and during this time, many factors may impact the health of eggs: weakness of the reproductive system, environmental factors, and emotional stress, etc. Understanding what causes the body's energy to be depleted or hormonal decline can help restore youthful energy, and essence.
Therefore, a different pattern of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help the maturation of your eggs, and increase blood flow to the ovary and uterus which can be a better environment. The egg's maturation process is continuous, and only one dominant follicle ovulates each month, so you can start acupuncture at any time and it will be beneficial.
So, how you can have a positive impact from the Acupuncture and Chinese Herb?
1. For increasing egg quality, you can support the maturation of your eggs with acupuncture and Chinese Herb for at least 3 months.
2. Eat a nutrient dense diet with supporting supplements such as antioxidants, multivitamin, CoQ-10, Myo-inositol, L-Arginine, DHEA, EPA and DHA. These egg quality supplements with acupuncture and Chinese Herb can increase blood circulation to the reproductive system.
3. Reduce stress and increase sleep quality with acupuncture can benefit the autonomic system to balance the hormone, and better the quality of eggs.